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Michigan State basketball player Dwayne Stevens will train at WMU

For the second time in two years, Tom Izu loses the top Michigan State Basketball Assistant.

Spartans Assistant Coach dwayne stevens A source confirmed to the Free Press on Monday that he has agreed to become the next head coach for Western Michigan after spending the past 19 seasons on Izzo’s team. An official announcement is expected in the coming days.

A letter was not returned to Stevens immediately.

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The first big coaching job will be Stevens, 50, a Ferndale native who has been a contender for several positions over the past two decades.

Stevens played for the Spartans from 1989 to 1993, then joined the coaching staff in 2003 after a four-year stint as an assistant coach at Marquette under former Iso assistant Tom Crane, which included an appearance in the fourth final of 2003.

During Stevens’ tenure at Izzo, MSU went to five Final Fours, won six regular season titles, won four postseason crowns, and produced a 477–189 record. He mostly worked with post players, including six NBA inductees: Draymond Green, Adrian Payne, Deonta Davis, Brandon Dawson, Miles Bridges and Garen Jackson Jr.

A year ago, Dane Fife left Izzo’s staff after 10 seasons for his alma mater in Indiana. Hoosiers coach Mike Woodson did not retain him after that season.

Ezo brought back two assistants for the 2021-22 season who had previously worked on his side – the promotion of Doug Wujic and the hiring of Mark Montgomery after the departure of Fife. Long-time close friend Mike Garland has also changed his role from coach to pre-season special assistant.

The Broncos are 8-23 overall and 4-16 in the Mid-American Conference this season under Clayton Bates, who resigned last month after falling 13-39 the past two seasons. WMU has hired former Glenn Sugiyama, who helped the Spartans sign football coach Mel Tucker in 2020, to help with the search that landed Stephens.

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